27-Nov-2014 - Just in time for the holidays, GSK can ‘give thanks’ to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which has approved the $7bn acquisition of Novartis’ vaccine business.
27-Nov-2014 - Aurobindo Pharma has recalled one lot of Gabapentin for the treatment of epilepsy and postherpetic neuralgia (pain after shingles), after it was found to contain empty capsules.
27-Nov-2014 - Recipharm will acquire a facility and add technologies including spray granulation and spray coating as part of a “truly strategic” collaboration with France-based Flamel Technologies.
27-Nov-2014 - Dr Reddy’s says an API plant in India is unlikely to be subject to further regulatory enforcement after receiving a US FDA 483 with nine observations.
26-Nov-2014 - Bipartisan bills introduced in the US House of Representatives and the Senate would give manufacturers of Ebola therapies vouchers to speed up review of a drug of their choice.
26-Nov-2014 - Merck KGaA will run its manufacturing plant in Goa on fuel from cashews and coconuts.
26-Nov-2014 - With more than 90 excipient manufacturers in China dedicated to the pharma industry, the country expects its output of excipients to more than double to about $8.9bn (€7.1bn), according to a new report.
25-Nov-2014 - The lack of women on pharma boards is well-known, so why are companies still slow to balance the genders? A recruiter tells us the problem is “demand, not supply” and why quotas aren't a simple fix.
25-Nov-2014 - The two guidelines offer help to manufacturers looking to use potentially hazardous phthalates as excipients in drugs, as well as those that have shared facilities where multiple drugs are produced.
25-Nov-2014 - Two pharma giants are today looking for new employees after pushing out the CEO of Lundbeck and a Novartis researcher for rule-breaking.
25-Nov-2014 - AMRI’s Albuquerque, New Mexico sterile injectable facility has resumed full manufacturing operations following an environmental deviation.
24-Nov-2014 - As FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg wraps up her trip in China it looks like the FDA is creating a stronger bond with its Chinese counterparts as the FDA looks to triple its staff there.
24-Nov-2014 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is encouraging hospitals to purchase their compounded drugs from organisations registered as outsourcing facilities, and has issued guidance on accreditation.
24-Nov-2014 - The acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck KGaA could provide some opportunities for Johnson Matthey, the fine chemical company says as it reports a flat first half 2014/15.
24-Nov-2014 - BASF says the supply of API to GSK and other pharma customers will not be affected by the divestment of an omega-3 production plant in Norway.
24-Nov-2014 - Plus the latest drug industry hirings, firings and awards in this week's column.
20-Nov-2014 - The EMA is “caught between a rock and a hard place” in expediting drug development, but an agency Executive says change can come through its new adaptive licensing pathway.
20-Nov-2014 - UK life sciences minister George Freeman wants hospitals to play more of a role in clinical trials and says accelerating the drug development process in the post block-buster era is key for Big Pharma and patients.
20-Nov-2014 - Deficiencies related to manufacturers’ quality systems are by far the most prevalent issue cited from inspections by the UK’s MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency), the agency said in a report on 2013 inspections.
20-Nov-2014 - The US FDA and the Federal Trade Commission have sent warning letters to two companies claiming to have drugs that treat Ebola though no such product has been approved by the agency.